How to Remove Locking Lug Nuts Without the Key

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How to Remove Locking Lug Nuts Without the Key

Locking lug nuts give car owners an added sense of security and protection for their vehicle's wheels. It becomes a problemwhen the key to the locking nuts is lost or misplaced and the tire needs to be removed. A job as simple as changing a flat tire becomes a major undertaking.

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Things you need

  • Lug nut socket set
  • Ratchet wrench
  • Ball peen hammer

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  1. 1

    Get a socket that is one size smaller than your locking lug nut from the socket set.

  2. 2

    Align the socket over the locking lug nut and hammer it on to the lug nut. It will be a little difficult, but the socket will then be wedged solidly over the nut.

  3. 3

    Insert the heavy-duty ratchet wrench into the socket.

  4. 4

    Use a "cheater" bar. This is a short piece of pipe that is slid over the end of the ratchet wrench.

  5. 5

    Apply slow, steady force, gaining extra leverage and thus more torque. This will allow you to remove both the socket and the locking lug nut.

Tips and warnings

  • You will have to throw away both the locking lug nut and the socket used, but this is well worth it when you are in a pinch and really need the lug nuts off.

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